The Batman prequel, which has been labelled as a standalone film outside of the DC Extended Universe, tells the origin story of the caped crusader’s arch nemesis, as played by Joaquin Phoenix.
While Joker rarely feels like a comic book film, it is desperately crying out for a hero to rival Arthur Fleck’s (Phoenix) toxic behaviour, which will likely leave viewers wondering about the potential for a follow-up.
But is that something that director Todd Phillips and Phoenix are open to? And does the world really need it?
It seems increasingly likely that there will be a follow-up to Joker, despite Phillips framing the film as a “standalone” story. Joaquin Phoenix, who has never starred in a sequel before, says that he and Todd Phillips have “talked a lot” about working with the character again.
“I’ve talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, specifically anything else with Joker, that might be interesting,” he told Popcorn with Peter Travers.
Phillips has repeatedly shot down the possibility of making another Joker film, telling Entertainment Tonight: “We really like that this movie lives on its own.”
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“We have no plans for a sequel,” he told IGN, clarifying a previous comment that Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement would make or break sequel plans.
“The quote was, ‘I will do anything Joaquin wants to do.’ And I would. But the movie’s not set up to [have] a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it. We made this movie, I pitched it to Warner Bros. as one movie. It exists in its own world. That’s it.”